Thursday March 25, 2010 | 02:45 PM

Tim Wakefield is coming out for the sixth inning here with the Red Sox leading 4-0. Kevin Youkilis and Adrian Beltre are both 2-for-3, so far. Jeremy Hermida is 2-for-2.

After today, the Red Sox will have only nine exhibition games left, the final one in Washington D.C. on April 3, the day before the season opener in Fenway Park.

Because there is no day off before the opener, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said none of the major league pitchers will be on the mound in Washington. But the whole Boston team will be there.

"Everybody will go with us - even Beckett," Francona said.

When Francona was asked why he singled out Josh Beckett, the manager and reporters laughed. Francona has not announced that Beckett will be the opening day pitcher on April 4, but it is fairly obvious that Beckett will get the ball.

It's just no official yet.

"When we announce (the opening starter), I want our guys to know (first)," Francona said. "It doesn't have to be a big secret. I just feel like talking to our guys and let them understand how and why things are going to work."

Here's an update: Boston leads 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth. The Marlins got three off Wakefield in the sixth, including a two-run Dan Uggla homer.

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